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   Re: XSL and the semantic web

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>, xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 11:29:43 -0400

At 06:28 AM 6/16/99 -0400, Paul Prescod wrote:
>In other words I always interpreted it as being about choice. You complain
>that XSL allows this choice. Even if it were the case that XSL uniquely
>allowed data dumbing (which it is not), I could not see how its allowance
>of this choice would constitute a problem or flaw. Data dumbing is part of
>the economy and ecology of the Web. As Guy Murphy has described, the Web
>is richer for it. Do we want Lexis-Nexis to take their thousands of
>databases back to their private network where they controlled the level of
>semantics tightly?

I'm afraid we'll have to accept the value of this 'choice' as a fundamental
disagreement.  I feel strongly that by encouraging this choice, and by
providing a vocabulary that is even more formatting-oriented than HTML, XSL
encourages a greater level of server-side dumbing down than was available
before, and makes it easier.  I can't see this as a positive move in any
light, and no, I don't see the 'semantic firewall' as a positive thing for
the Web.

But then, I do see the Web from a rather different perspective than

Simon St.Laurent
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